Friday, June 18, 2010

Argleton: Help spread the word

by Suw on June 18, 2010

My Argleton Kickstarter project is now 52% funded, which is very exciting indeed! If you’re interested in supporting it financially, that would be wonderful, but if you’re feeling a bit skint right now, you can still help by spreading the word for me.

If you had over to the Kickstarter page, you will see a range of buttons under the video for sharing the link on social tools. The first button is for Facebook and when you click it, it will take you to Facebook where it will pre-populate link information for a status update which you can then fill in. (Click to see full sized version on Skitch.)

Kickstarter's post to Facebook button

There is also a Twitter button which works roughly the same way, opening Twitter and pre-populating the text field with this:

Kickstarter – Argleton: A story of maps, maths and motorways:

You can, of course, edit your Tweet before you post it. Personally, I think the standard Tweet is a bit bland, so I’d suggest putting a bit more personality into it. Perhaps something along the lines of:

I’m supporting @suw’s Kickstarter project: Argleton: A story of maps, maths and motorways: You should too!

The Tumblr button does pretty much the same as the Twitter button.

The email button opens a fields for you to add your friend’s email address before sending a pre-written message to them. If you want to sent a more personal email, which I would recommend, then you can write whatever you like and use either the full link:

or the shortened link:

which is also available from the Kickstarter page.

If you have a bit of space in your blog sidebar, you can go a step further and add an Argleton widget, which looks like this:

Argleton Kickstarter widget

You can get the code from the Kickstarter page by clicking “Grab the widget” or you can just copy it from here:

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Simply talking to people you know who you think might be interested, and pointing them in the direction of Kickstarter, is probably one of the most powerful ways to spread the word. Whether in person or by IM, email or whatever, people like to feel personally invited. It’s on my list of things to do, but it’s a lot easier to pimp someone else’s project than one’s own!

If you do find a moment to help promote Argleton, thank you very much indeed!

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